Jan 23, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
If you’re going to lose, lose with dignity: that’s what I always say. Serena Williams was upset by 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open today, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and one of those games is represented by the busted racquet you see above, and below. The innocent racquet could not be reached for comment, but Williams had something to say.
Williams began to swing more freely on her serve as the third set began. But with Stephens up 2-1, Williams reared back after failing to break serve and smashed her racket twice on the blue hardcourt with two massive swings, destroying the racket and then flinging it at her bench, earning a code violation for equipment abuse.
“It made me happy, unfortunately,” Williams said later.
Williams reported back problems during the match (my guess? Waiting for an album to download because she didn’t have AT&T U-verse. In her day you couldn’t just start streaming six ways to Sunday. You’d get knocked off).
Stephens is the daughter of the late John Stephens, who was the 17th overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft and played running back for the Patriots, Packers and Chiefs. She’ll play world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals on Thursday.
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